Monthly Archives: April, 2014


April 30, 2014: heroin crisis, BIll Hammond, Right to Life, Asm. Harvey Weisenberg, Larry Levy

Published - April 30, 2014

Senate Democrats introduced a set of 6 bills to combat heroin addiction. We will talk with Senators Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess) and Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk (D – Duanesburg) about the package of legislation. Bill Hammond of the NY Daily News. Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) hosts Right to Life Lobby Day on Wednesday at the capitol. One priority of lobbyists is a bill the Senator has sponsored that bans “sex selection-based abortions”. Barbara Meara, chairwoman of New York State Right to Life, will join us in the studio. Long time Assemblyman and advocate for the mentally ill Assemblyman

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April 29, 2014: “Good Samaritan” legislation, Pride Agenda, Karen Scharff and Lawrence Norden, Jerry Goldfeder

Published - April 29, 2014

American Institute of Architects New York State president Ray Beeler and vice president Tim Boyland join us to discuss “Good Samaritan” legislation, which, if passed, which will protect licensed architects and engineers from liability while volunteering their services during government-declared disasters. Tuesday marks the Empire State Pride Agenda’s Equality and Justice Day at the capitol. Communications Director Allison Steinberg shares the Pride Agenda’s priority list which includes GENDA, the Child/Parent Security Act and protecting LGBT youth from conversion efforts. The Governor’s comments to Crains New York about labor unions scuttling public campaign financing isn’t sitting well with some groups. Citizen

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April 28, 2014: Audrey Zibelman, Richard Brodsky, municipal innovation

Published - April 28, 2014

Audrey Zibelman, Commissioner of the NYS Public Service Commission on New York’s “fundamental shift” in utility regulation announced last week by the Governor’s office. Richard Brodsky, former assemblyman and Senior Fellow at DEMOS on net neutrality and the future of public campaign financing. The New York State School Boards Association and other groups convened in Syracuse last week for a Municipal Innovation Exchange Summit. Several attendees will join us to talk about what was discussed including EJ McMahon, President and Founder of the Empire Center, David Albert, Director of Communications and Research at the NYS School Boards Association, and Gerry

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‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for April 27, 2014

Published - April 27, 2014

Former Lt. Governor Richard Ravitch discusses his memoir, “So Much to Do: A Full Life of Business, Politics & Confronting Fiscal Crises”. Two views on prison closures in upstate New York: Donn Rowe, President of the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association. Dr. Alice Green, Executive Director of the Center for Law & Justice. Bruce Gyory, political and strategic consultant at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP and an adjunct professor of political science at SUNY Albany, argues that a win for Hobby Lobby in the Supreme Court could be bad news for the GOP in the upcoming

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April 25, 2014: Ws and Ls, Ken Lovett, Move to Amend, explaining land trust grants

Published - April 25, 2014

Reporter Matt Hamilton of City & State presents the week’s Winners & Losers. Albany Bureau Chief for the NY Daily News Ken Lovett discusses the Governor’s position on the Moreland Commission among other issues. Move to Amend’s Michael Messina-Yauchzy and Anthony Cresswell argue that the Supreme Court’s decisions in Citizens United & the McCutcheon have hurt democracy as well as damaged the legal structure regulating campaign contributions. We will discuss both rulings as well as their claim that the rights protected by the Constitution of the United States should only apply to “natural persons”. What are “Land Trust grants” and

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April 24, 2014: Sen. Gipson, Jerry Kremer, Scaffold Law

Published - April 24, 2014

Senator Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess) has introduced legislation to keep the wastewater from hydrofracking off the state’s roads and bridges. Currently, several counties use the water as an inexpensive way to melt ice. He joins us to discuss the bill. The legislature returns on Monday after a long break. What should we look for in the rest of the legislative session? Jerry Kremer, former Assemblyman and founder and chairman of Empire Government Strategies weighs in. We discuss the Scaffold Law with two people who hold opposing views on the issue: Dr. Michael Hattery, director of local government studies at the Rockefeller

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April 23, 2014: Richard Ravitch, prison closures, Bruce Gyory

Published - April 23, 2014

Former Lt. Governor Richard Ravitch discusses his new memoir, So Much to Do: A Full Life of Business, Politics & Confronting Fiscal Crises. We juxtapose two views of the state’s decision to close 4 upstate prisons: First we hear from Donn Rowe of the New York State Corrections Officers & Police Benevolent Association on his concerns about prison closures and increasing violence. Then we hear from Dr. Alice Green of the Center for Law & Justice on why she considers mass incarceration to be “the new Jim Crow”. Manatt’s Bruce Gyory, a UAlbany Adjunct Professor of Political Science, explains how

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April 22, 2014: Asm. Glick, Siena Poll, Elisabeth Radow and Arthur Berman

Published - April 22, 2014

Assemblymember Deborah Glick, Chair of the Assembly’s Higher Education Committee discusses legislation to delay the so-called “edTPA”, the assessment for student teachers. Steve Greenberg of the Siena Poll joins us with the results from the latest survey. The League of Women Voters of New York commissioned a study to evaluate how much recoverable Marcellus shale gas there is in New York State. To explain the results of the study and why it was commissioned, we will speak with attorney Elisabeth Radow of Radow Law PLLC, the chairwoman of the New York State League of Women Voters’ Committee on Energy, Agriculture

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April 21, 2014: Best of with Robert Conner

Published - April 21, 2014

Best of… We talk with former Schenectady Gazette reporter Robert Conner about his book General Gordon Granger: The Savior of Chickamauga and the Man Behind “Juneteenth.” This is the first full-length biography of the Civil War general who saved the Union army from catastrophic defeat at the Battle of Chickamauga, and went on to play major roles in the Chattanooga and Mobile campaigns. His actions sparked the first “Juneteenth” celebration.

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WCNY board meeting set for April 29

Published - April 21, 2014

In accordance with open meetings law, WCNY provides reasonable notice to the public of its board meetings. The next WCNY Board Meeting will take place at 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, at the WCNY  Broadcast and Education Center located at 415 W. Fayette St., Syracuse, N.Y. Interested parties wishing to attend should contact the Public Broadcasting Council of Central New York before 4 p.m. Monday, April 28 by calling (315) 453-2424.

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‘Capitol Pressroom Weekend’ for April 20, 2014

Published - April 20, 2014

New NYSUT President Karen Magee discussed why her 600,000 member union voted to oust its long-time leadership and opt for a brand new slate. Fiscal Policy Institute’s Executive Director Emeritus Frank Mauro reported on the latest findings by the Multi State Shale Research Collaborative, of which FPI is a member. New York Daily News columnist Bill Hammond and City & State Editor-in-chief Morgan Pehme discussed the political fallout for Governor Cuomo surrounding the demise of the Moreland Commission. United Hospital Fund President Jim Tallon explained the 8 billion dollar Medicaid Waiver.

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April 18, 2014: Mayor Miner, Jon Lentz, Rick Karlin, corruption museum, high energy bills

Published - April 18, 2014

Susan Arbetter speaks with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner about her decision to resign as co-chair of the State Democratic Committee. Jon Lentz has this week’s City and State Winners and Losers. Rick Karlin of the Times Union analyzes the events of the week. Susan explores Bruce Roter’s idea for a Museum of Political Corruption and speaks with Michael Meath, founder and president of Strategic Communications LLC, about this year’s high energy bills.

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Newly minted NYSUT President Karen Magee on WCNY’s ‘The Capitol Pressroom’

Published - April 17, 2014

April 17, 2014 — After her election on April 6, newly minted NYSUT President Karen Magee received a congratulatory phone call from Governor Cuomo and a visit from State Education Commissioner John King. While critical of both men’s policies, Magee was particularly hard on Commissioner King. “I very clearly presented to the Commissioner that my members have taken a ‘vote of no confidence,'” Magee said on WCNY’s The Capitol Pressroom. “They have no confidence in him and they wish he would resign.” Magee sat down with Capitol Pressroom host Susan Arbetter to discuss her priorities for the teachers’ union. “My mandate is to

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April 17, 2014: NYSUT, Asm. Dinowitz, spousal care givers, federal Medicaid waiver

Published - April 17, 2014

Susan Arbetter speaks with newly minted NYSUT President Karen Magee about Governor Cuomo and APPRs. Asm. Jeffrey Dinowitz discusses the National Popular Vote legislation in New York. United Hospital Fund’s (UHF) Carol Levine says spousal care givers may need more help. UHF’s President James Tallon explains the federal $8B  Medicaid waiver.

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